In reaction to an intercepted phone conversation, Colombia’s President Ivan Duque Friday denied that drug trafficker Jose Hernandez (aka “Ñeñe”) had financed his 2018 presidential campaign.
“I never asked Mr. Hernandez for any resources for my campaign. Nor are there contributions from Mr. Hernandez to my campaign… I never knew there were investigations against him,” Duque said.
Nevertheless, the far-right politician acknowledged that he met the deceased drug trafficker’s parents on a trip he made to Valledupar city in 1995, which was his “first and only visit.”
“I did not meet Jose Hernandez on that occasion but in a few public meetings carried out over the last four years. I did not develop with him ‘a brotherhood’ as they say,” the Colombian president argued.
Regarding the photographs of their alleged “close friendship”, Duque said that he has “photos with many people. The photos posted with Mr. Hernandez were at public events.” (TELESUR)